1.Needham's Todmorden Correspondence with SH
I've been trying to find out where my Needham family originally came from and during one of my searches came across your site. Looking at some of the information you've compiled I think I may have got a couple of generations further back in my research and my family may link into the Harthill Needham family, but before I go any further I thought I'd get in touch to see what you think.
My Needham family turned up in Todmorden in the 1810s. I've checked the Parish Registers and the first time the Needham name appears is in 1815.
Samuel Needham seems to be the one who first came to Todmorden with his family. Samuel died in Todmorden in 1833 and according to the burial register was 70. I've been able to find two Samuel Needham's whose births would fit with this date, one baptised in Sheffield in 1773 (father Robert) and one baptised in Masborough Independent Chapel, Rotherham (father George, mother Susanna) in 1776. Of the two, my inclination is that Samuel is the son of George as his first son was called George (my 3 x g.grandfather) and he had 2 other sons, John and Thomas but didn't have a Robert. (George and Susanna had 4 sons baptised in Masborough, their others were also George, Thomas and John!).
In 1798 Samuel married Hannah Cawthray in Bradford and their first 4 children (born between 1799 and 1811) were all baptised there. Their 5th child, Ann, was the first one to be baptised in Todmorden in 1815. Samuel was an Iron Moulder as was his son George.
The only George Needham who had a wife named Susanna at the relevant time led me to George Needham who married Susanna Dobson in Rotherham in 1763 and the only George I could find who was probably of the right age was George, son of George who was baptised in Harthill in 1740. Find My Past have the registers for Harthill on their site and there are lots of George's there - but I think the line may lead back to George son of Robert.
I'm currently testing the FTM software and because I didn't want to mess around with my main Ancestry tree I separated the Needham branch off. My tree is private but would you like me to give you access to it so you can see what I have?
I hope to hear from you and welcome your thoughts.
1.2 NGN Reply
Good to hear from you and that you found the website of some use; that's what it's there for. Like you I have the same problem with my family line; I can trace them back in Sheffield to 1768 but then the trail goes cold. In fact this is the reason the 'nons' website was established as I accumulated so much data in my search for my relatives that I realised that others could use. In addition it's clear now that the Needham's moved from the land into the rapidly growing industrial northern cities during the industrial revolution ie the 18/19th century's. So we are in a period when people moved around (mainly within a 25/50 mile radius), they are changing occupation, it's before the general register and census records (ie we are dealing with parish registers) and the males are most frequently called George, John, Thomas, Joseph and William. Your summary is a classic of the times. Sorry for the bad news which you are clearly well aware of. BUT I think I can help but not until the beginning of next week as I'm away from my PC from tonight and over the weekend.
In the period you are dealing with, an iron foundry was set up in Low Moor Bradford and a number of Needham's were head hunted from foundry's in Rotherham. It led to a civil court case which was reported in the papers. If I can find it this evening; it's one of the Rotherham/Sheffield/Ecclesfield trees I'll give you the details. After a bit of searching I found them in my own tree but they are not much use I think. They are the sons of Matthew Needham & Elizabeth Lee;
|NEEDHAM||Matthew Needham & Elizabeth||6 Nov 1774||244||Matthew Needham||Sheffield|
|LEE||Elizabeth Lee||< 1777|
|Needam||Hannah||27 Feb 1799||Matthew||Bradfield|
|NEEDHAM||George Needham||15 Oct 1797||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Sheffield|
|NEEDHAM||Ester Needham||26 April 1801||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Sheffield|
|NEEDHAM||Thomas Needham||12 Aug 1804||Matthew||Ecclesfield|
|NEEDHAM||Charles Needham||8 Dec 1805||Matthew||Ecclesfield|
|NEEDHAM||Joseph Needham||28Oct 1807||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Wentworth|
|NEEDHAM||Benjamin Needham||25 Oct 1807||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Wentworth|
|NEEDHAM||Elizabeth Needham||25 Dec 1809||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Wentworth|
|NEEDHAM||Mary Needham||8 Aug 1813||245||Matthew & Elizabeth||Ecclesfield|
They are in tree Needham 5 family tree on Ancestry. I'll make you a guest.
The Low Moor Bradford data I have is:
|180||1436||1823 09 07||.||George||NEEDHAM||Thomas||Moulder||Lydia||Long Row|
|235||1876||1826 03 26||.||Elizabeth||NEEDHAM||Thomas||Moulder||Lydia||Low Moor|
|251||2007||1827 01 14||.||Betty||NEEDHAM||Charles||Moulder||Harriot||Low Moor|
|244||1952||1826 08 13||.||Elizabeth||NEEDHAM||George||Moulder||Catharine||Shelf|
|218||1741||1825 06 12||.||Martha||NEEDHAM||Charles||Moulder||Harriet||Glasshouse|
|254||2032||1827 02 25||.||Elizabeth||NEEDHAM||Benjamin||Moulder||Mary||Low Moor|
If you have other data I'd be grateful for a copy
I must say I think I have found a better fit for your Samuel. He is a son of George & Sarah and was baptised in Sheffield in 1762. I can't find a marriage or death for him in Sheffield:
|NEEDHAM||George Needham||3 may 1719||203||William Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||John Needham||2 Feb 1750||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Tamer Needham||1 Jan 1751||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Gertrude Needham||25 Oct 1752||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Sarah Needham||30 Sept 1753||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||George Needham||4 Oct 1754||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Ann Needham||11 Apr 1757||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Sarah Needham||11 Oct 1758||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||William Needham||20 Aug 1760||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Samuel Needham||12 April 1762||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
|NEEDHAM||Thomas Needham||5 July 1763||212||George Needham||Sheffield||cutler|
I hope this helps
It's much easier, I find, to look and compare trees and I would be grateful if you could either send me either a gedcom file or give me access to your Needham tree. I have the same problem as you re trees as all mine are on Ancestry and linked to FTM. There are 200 of them! So you can imagine the issues I'm facing. I've already had to regenerate trees a couple of times. I can't believe what Ancestry have done or the lack of preparation by the new owner. It's a good job industry/NHS/Local Government/Banks etc are much more customer focused. Still it's only a hobby. At least that's what I tell myself
Hope this helps and I must apologise for the mistakes and poor presentation but I'm about to shut my computer down!
1.3 Reply from SH
Thank you for your email and for replying so promptly (particularly as you were going away) with lots of information. The Samuel you've found looks very promising and is, as you say, a better fit. I'll look and see what else I can find out about this family. I've deleted George and Susanna as Samuel's parents in my Ancestry tree, so my tree now starts with Samuel and Hannah. I've given you access to it.
I've also attached a spreadsheet showing the Needham births and deaths from the Todmorden Parish registers (to 1837) and the marriages that took place at St. Chad's, Rochdale. I've checked the Heptonstall registers too and there aren't any entries in those registers. (Todmorden was partly in the parish of Rochdale and partly in the parish of Halifax)
I looked up Low Moor foundry, Bradford, as Samuel and Hannah were married in Tong, Bradford in 1798 and the foundry was started in 1790 I think Samuel must have been one of the earliest Needham's to travel there to work. I'd love to know why they then moved to Todmorden. There was a foundry at Salford, Todmorden which is very near to where they lived so I imagine they moved to work there.
I don't know how you cope with the number of trees you have on Ancestry and FTM! I bought the Roots Magic software last year, because they said they'd be linking with Ancestry - but they haven't managed to yet!
1.4 Reply from NGN
Thanks for the mail and info. I'm away from my pc this weekend so I'll look at the data you sent when I get home
You said that Samuel was 70 when he died in 1733 but his burial record says he was 60. That being the case then your original suggestions are more likely.
1.5 Reply from SH:
Thanks Nigel. I don't know why I suddenly decided Samuel was 70 and then perpetuated it by putting 70 in the spreadsheet I sent and agreeing that the Samuel you'd found was a better match (I've just checked the Lancashire Parish Register transcription book and that quite clearly states he was 60 too, so the mistake is all mine!) You'll need to amend my spreadsheet - sorry. I'll put George and Susanna back in the tree as Samuel's parents. I have a bit of information on his brother Thomas too, which I found by accident last night, so I'll add that too.
I hope you enjoy your weekend away and I'll keep in touch.